I swear my chicks are bigger than yesterday!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jeria, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. jeria

    jeria Songster

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    Can these chick almost grow while you watch them? I picked mine up yesterday, supposed to have been shipped as day old on the 31st so 4 days old now. I'm sure they are bigger than yesterday and it seems like they are bigger at 5pm than they were at 7am. The 4 have almost devoured a quart of food and nearly 1.5 quarts of water with nutra-drench added since I put them in their brooder space. Adding a pan of dirt tomorrow to their space.
     
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  2. KaylorFarms

    KaylorFarms Crowing

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    Wow!!! They are growing fast!!
     
  3. IZZYBELLA

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    It is crazy how fast they grow... and once the feathers start coming in their looks change so much.
     
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  5. KaylorFarms

    KaylorFarms Crowing

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    Awwwwwwww
     
  6. SueT

    SueT Crossing the Road

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    I'm glad to see how well they are doing!
     
  7. I noticed this too with my chicks (now almost 13 weeks). They'd show little growth for several days and then over night they'd have a huge growth spurt. Good times! :thumbsup
     
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  8. At the age you mentioned your chicks should be larger today than they were yesterday. If everything goes well a broiler-fryer type chick will reach slaughter weight in only 4 weeks. In other words the genetic potential for rapid weight gain is in each and every chick hatched.
     
  9. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Around here healthy chicks grow like Kudzu. It is amazing!
     
  10. jeria

    jeria Songster

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    I remember that now from when I had a combo of meat and layer chicks once back in the 80's. The meat breeds were easy to spot very quickly. I did butcher a few before the coyotes got the flock but never again will I do meat chicks, just not me to butcher them.

    The smallest is the Aussie and she is feisty! The 2 Easter Eggers are the mellowest, the rock somewhere in between.
     
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